“ Print Length: 138 pages / Publisher: J Ellington Ashton / Published: 11 July 2012 „
Rage is the fifth book in this ongoing Zombie series and reads like it was originally intended to wrap everything up and bring the series to a tidy close. But knowing that there are another four books to come, one must only assume that author Catt Dahman, either by her own steam or through pressure from the fans, must have at some point decided to continue on a bit further. This makes this book then a bit of a strange one...
Rage continues where the last book left off with a group of the Hopetown survivors heading out beyond the confines of their walls to hunt down the two Hybrids that they invited into their home with disastrous results! Whilst others number the dead, they head out to take revenge.
Unfortunately their paths soon cross with what is left of the American military. This would not be so bad (after all, they have all co-operated together before) had this other group not now been infiltrated by the Reconstruction Army whose intentions are far less than honorable. All this leads to a somewhat disappointing showdown between the two opposing factions....
But this is a book of two halves and once this particular story-arc comes to an end, the second half of the book then jumps forward many years later. Through the chronicles of survivor Beth, we get to see what the future held for the people of Hopetown and some of the key events that took place in the intervening years. We also finally learn the shocking truth about one of the main characters who has, for the most part of this series, been shrouded in mystery as Dahman attempts to wrap everything up neatly and bring her story to an apparent close.
I enjoyed this book, and would be lying if I said I didn't, but did think it one of the weaker installments of the series so far. That is not to say that it's not still good, just not quite as accomplished as some of the other chapters and does, at times, feel a little rushed - especially with the way that the big showdown everybody was waiting for ends up being a bit of a damp squib and somewhat of an anti-climax! If I'm honest though, I reluctantly have to admit that this still kind of works as it adds another touch of realism to the series. As many of us know, in real life, things don't always end the way we want them to and often there is no big defining moment when everything comes together in a big showdown. One only has to look at the Iraq war to know that, so maybe by calling it anti-climatic I am being a bit unfair ~ it is just that the final reckoning had been so hyped up until now that the way it finally closes ends up inevitably being a bit disappointing.
I still rate Catt Dahman as an author (You should read Alice And Friends, her tribute to the late Richard Laymon to truly appreciate what she is capable of!), I just think that this fifth novel in the Z Is For Zombie novel doesn't quite live up to its full potential!